LGBTQ+ Outreach Project

We are conducting this pilot project to establish the local unmet need for a service to support people from the LGBTQ+ community, who may be struggling with substance misuse and mental health issues. The research is based in North Essex and the aims of it are to identify the number of people identifying as LGBTQ+, how many use substances and if people have accessed support around substance misuse.  The hopes for this project are to find out why members of the LGBTQ+ community in Essex may not be accessing services and how we can improve this, as well as to directly promote substance misuse services to those in the community that need them.

The project is a collaboration between Open Road and OutHouse East, an LGBTQ+ support charity based in Colchester. Open Road are providing an outreach worker, and OutHouse East will be running LGBTQ+ awareness sessions. The project was originally planned to run over 2020-21, unfortunately COVID-19 prevented outreach work and the project was paused. It resumed in June 2021 and will continue until February 2022.

If this applies to you or you know someone who may benefit from this, we would like to invite you to complete a short survey. The survey can be found by following the link Alternatively, you can contact the researcher Sharon Cox at or by phoning 07553 385580. It’s really important that we are able to reach out and support all members of the community and by getting as many people to complete the survey as possible, it will give us a clearer picture of how we can help the LGBTQ+ community.